Last year, we pointed out that the Southern Poverty Law Center was insidiously using their reputation as an anti-hate organization to promote a left-wing agenda and to tarnish the image of their political opponents. They have depreciated into an ideologically-driven group that seeks to discredit social conservatives by seamlessly lumping them together with neo-Nazis and white supremacists on their infamous hate map.
In 2010, SPLC labeled the Family Research Council as a hate group and listed them together with no-name neo-Nazi groups and Islamist organizations on their site. Many of us have been concerned that a number of low-information people would go to their website and equate people like Tony Perkins with members of the KKK. Well, it appears that is exactly what happened when a radical homosexual rights activist, Floyed Corkins, started shooting inside the Family Research Council building last summer. This, from the Washington Examiner:
The Family Research Council shooter, who pleaded guilty today to a terrorism charge, picked his target off a “hate map” on the website of the ultra-liberal Southern Poverty Law Center which is upset with the conservative group’s opposition to gay rights.
Floyd Lee Corkins II pleaded guilty to three charges including a charge of committing an act of terrorism related to the August 15, 2012 injuring of FRC’s guard. He told the FBI that he wanted to kill anti-gay targets and went to the law center’s website for ideas.
At a court hearing where his comments to the FBI were revealed, he said that he intended to “kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in victims’ faces, and kill the guard.” The shooting occurred after an executive with Chick-Fil-A announced his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Hey, at least the Tuscon shooter never saw Sarah Palin’s Political Action Committee map, which metaphorically targeted Democrats.
The SPLC enjoys First Amendment rights to defame whomever they desire to discredit on the political stage. But if they really desire to “embrace diversity and respect differences,” as stated on their website, they’d be wise to look in the mirror.